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Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #20- Orion covered by Rodrigo y Gabriela


rodrigo-y-gabriela-area-52Quite famous in Latin America, Rodrigo y Gabriela are a duo of acoustic guitarists that jazz up their music with a great metal flair.  One of their biggest influences from the metal realm is Metallica and they often jam out on their songs on numerous occasions during their live shows.  So, it would only be natural for the 2 to record a full cover of one of their favorite metal bands songs.  Given that the duo doesn’t utilize vocals in their music, a Metallica instrumental would make the most sense, and of the handful of vocal-less songs to choose from, they went with the classic “Orion”.  Of course they totally kill it and add a beautiful Latin groove to the tune, especially in the solo section.  I also love how Gabriela translates the percussion of the song into slaps and taps on the side of her guitar.  Some really cool stuff and worth listening (and do check out more from Rodrigo y Gabriela, they write some wonderful music).  Enjoy!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Rodrigo y Gabriela Version:

Original Metallica Version:

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Video of the Week – One


This week, Metallica reached a milestone of sorts.  It is the anniversary of their first music video One which aired on MTV in 1989.  It might not seem like a big deal for those of us alive at the time; it really opened the door for metal into the mainstream…just a little bit.  Believe it or not, One played during daylight hours.  To this day, the video holds up well.

I like how the video was shot.  Metallica was filmed in black and white with cut scenes from the movie Johnny Got His Gun…the story behind the song.  For those that do not know, that 1973 movie was based on a novel of the same name published in 1939 written by Dalton Trumbo.  It just so happened, that same year…my Junior year I think, we read that novel in Literature class.  It was a good read if you like anti-war novels.  We did watch the movie also and it followed the story closely.   The story is still very relevant today with the long wars we have been involved with over the last decade…and then some.

21 Days ‘Till Doomsday #4 – All Nightmare Long (Metallica)


Initially, I wasn’t looking to a band like Metallica for an end all kind of song.  Then I remembered the video for All Nightmare Long…it is fitting for a plausible end of the world scenario.  Even if the Mayans knew nothing about what we as a society are capable of today, the secrets we hold and nature we tamper with could surely come back to haunt us…on the 21st of December 2012 😉  This video certainly highlights the possibility of our potential self-destruction with the helpful hand of humankind.  If that isn’t a bit depressing, I don’t know what is.  Whether you like Death Magnetic or not, this video is pretty cool.

Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #5-1


It’s over!  Here are my last five in the long journey of my Top 100 Favorite Albums of all time.  As much as I look at my list I don’t think I would change anything for some time to come.  If you have been following along, you know that a bunch of us at The History of Metal on facebook have been sharing our favorite albums over the course of several months.  Some of us are complete while others joined in fairly recently.  So, we are all still sharing.  If you are new to this, it’s never too late to throw down your favorite albums.  Enjoy!

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #10-6


As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, we have finally breached the top 10.  From here on out, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list except for one or two that are relatively new (to me) compared to the rest.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Top 10 Halloween Songs


Since this past Wednesday was Halloween, I was going through my iPod listening to songs I considered to have a Halloween theme. It’s probably no surprise that many of them were by metal bands. By the end of the day I had come up with what I thought provided the best soundtrack for the day. Feel free to leave suggestions as to what I should put on my playlist for next year!

10-I Was Buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery by Woods of Ypres: The song is a haunting one, perhaps best suited for those with a more philosophical side to them. After all, who knows what the afterlife holds and what happens if you’re a ghost.

9-This Situation is Getting Hairy by the Workout:  What would you do if someone you knew turned into a werewolf? The Workout seek to answer this in this semi-romantic song.

8-Dragula by Rob Zombie: Zombie describes what might make for a good Halloween night: Burning witches! (Maybe I’m a little biased on this one since  I live close to Salem)

7-Welcome Home by King Diamond: Having your granny back in your life may seem nice at first, but turns into a nightmare when you realize she rose from the dead.

6-The Fatal Feast by Municipal Waste: Two words: Space Cannibalism

5-Enter Sandman by Metallica: Metallica’s hit song and accompanying music video gave me plenty of nightmares as a child.

4-Bark At the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne: Horror is a theme in classic Ozzy tunes but this one’s particularly campy. Bonus: Ozzy in werewolf makeup.

3-Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden has some pretty dark songs but this one is the most nightmare worthy.

2-American Psycho by the Misfits: There are plenty of spooky songs by the Misfits but this encapsulates the way one feels when watching a classic slasher flick.

1-War Pigs by Black Sabbath: Iron Man is the usual Halloween favorite to play but this embodies the holiday perfectly.

Theme Thursday – Metallica Covers


I think most metalheads like a good cover tune. What separates a good cover from a bad one?  Do you like when the cover is basically exactly the same or recreated using  a basic shell of the original song?  For me, it doesn’t really matter as long as it’s good.  I like both kinds of cover tunes.  Some bands lend themselves to being covered more than others.  For example, how many Megadeth covers do you hear out there?  I think there are a few, but not enough to stack a CD full of Megadeth covers.  Is that because Mustaine’s vocals are too hard to recreate?   Is it because the guitar work is too hard for the average guitarist?  You hardly ever hear bands cover Anthrax or Opeth.  I have yet to hear a band cover Blitz’s unique vocals in Overkill.   I am sure there are rough and edgy recordings on YouTube out there, but for the most part they are very rare.

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Song of the Week – Welcome Home (Sanitarium)


This was one of the first Metallica songs I was exposed to when I had my life altering metal moment in the kitchen of the restaurant I was working in.  To this day, Master of Puppets is probably my favorite Metallica album and I wish they would remaster and re-release it.  As far as I am concerned Welcome Home (Sanitarium) has the perfect mix of slow and speedy metal; it makes for a great well-rounded song.  Below is a fan video with some cool pictures and live footage; fitting for the feel of the song.  Have a great week!

Check out the full article for some cool covers and at least one not-so-cool cover.

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #40-36


As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list.  Many of these albums have been my favorites for decades while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us just up to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Song of the Week – Dyer’s Eve


…And Justice For All is probably the one album I would love to see remastered right now.  There’s something about the sound of the recording that just doesn’t fill my ears the way current production practices maximize both sound and volume.  I would re-buy this album in a heartbeat along with many of the 80’s era Thrash albums.  I don’t think there is a bad song on this album.  Dyer’s Eve along with The Shortest Straw are my favorites.

Dyer’s Eve, from what I understand, is not played live very often.  Of the four times I have seen Metallica, I have never seen it live.  Here it is for your Song of the Week live from France…lucky fans!  Have a great day.